Liege-Bastogne-Liege latest updates – who will win the final monument of the spring campaign?

There are a stack more who could do something given the right circumstances. Young Frenchman David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) arrives is good form, while Benoît Cosnefroy (Ag2rCitroën) has been threatening for some time, but has not quite managed to. Yet. 

Michael Woods is another perennial favourite for these races featuring steep and spicy climbs, and one suspects his Israel Start-up Nation team will be throwing their full weight behind the Canadian in the absence of Dan Martin. Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange), Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) all certainly have it within themselves to challenge.

For those keen on looking out for the Britons, Simon Carr (EF Education-Nippo) is worth watching, as is Ben Tulett (Alpecin-Fenix) who, at the age of 19 years and 242 days, is the youngest rider at this year’s race and having finished 12th at Flèche Wallonne is clearly a man for the steep stuff. Oh, he’s also a cyclo-cross rider. Of course he is. Mark Donovan (DSM) was 54th at Flèche Wallonne, James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick Step) looked good there too.

Following the withdrawal from Pidcock their starting line-up, Ineos Grenadiers has three British riders with Adam Yates expected to he handed freedom to chase his own ambitions, while Giro d’Italia champion Tao Geoghegan Hart – coincidentally the 26-year-old sealed that memorable maglia rosa six months ago today – is, I understand, very fond of racing the Ardennes. The ever-reliable Luke Rowe will, one assumes, be on road captain-domestique duties.

Confirmed starting list

WorldTour

Ag2r-Citroën (Fra)
Benoît Cosnefroy (Fra), Tony Gallopin (Fra), Dorian Godon (Fra) Ben O’Connor (Aus), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (Fra), Michael Schär (Swi), Greg Van Avermaet (Bel).

Astana-Premier Tech (Kaz)
Alex Aranburu (Spa), Stefan de Bod (SA), Omar Fraile (Spa), Jakob Fuglsang (Den), Hugo Houle (Can), Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz), Luis León Sánchez (Spa).

Bahrain Victorious (Brn)
Eros Capecchi (Ita), Jack Haig (Aus), Heinrich Haussler (Aus), Matej Mohoric (Slo), Domen Novak (Slo), Mark Padun (Ukr), Wout Poels (Hol), Dylan Teuns (Bel).

BikeExchange (Aus): Brent Bookwalter (US), Esteban Chaves (Col), Lucas Hamilton (Aus), Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den), Tanel Kangert (Est), Michael Matthews (Aus), Mikel Nieve (Spa).

Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)
Cesare Benedetti (Ita), Matteo Fabbro (Ita), Wilco Kelderman (Hol), Patrick Konrad (Aut), Maximilian Schachmann (Ger), Ide Schelling (Hol, neo-pro), Andreas Schillinger (Ger).

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)
Fernando Barceló (Spa), Rubén Fernández (Spa), Simon Geschke (Ger), Jesús Herrada (Spa), Guillaume Martin (Fra), Anthony Perez (Fra), Rémy Rochas (Fra).

Deceuninck-Quick Step (Bel)
Julian Alaphilippe (Fra), Joao Almeida (Por), Dries Devenyns (Bel), Mikkel Frolich Honore (Den), James Knox (GB), Pieter Serry (Bel), Mauri Vansevenant (Bel, neo-pro).

DSM (Ger)
Nikias Arndt (Ger), Tiesj Benoot (Bel), Mark Donovan (GB, neo-pro), Chris Hamilton (Aus), Andreas Leknessund (Nor, neo-pro), Martijn Tusveld (Hol), Kevin Vermaerke (US).

EF Education-Nippo (US)
Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu), Simon Carr (GB, neo-pro), Lawson Craddock (US), Sergio Higuita (Col), Alex Howes (US), Hideto Nakane (Jpn), Michael Valgren (Den).

Groupama-FDJ (Fra)
Bruno Armirail (Fra), William Bonnet (Fra), David Gaudu (Fra), Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra), Valentin Madouas (Fra), Rudy Molard (Fra), Romain Seigle (Fra).

Ineos Grenadiers (GB)
Richard Carapaz (Ecu), Eddie Dunbar (Irl), Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB), Michal Golas (Pol), Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol), Luke Rowe (GB), Adam Yates (GB).

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux (Bel)
Jan Bakelants (Bel), Ludwig De Winter (Bel), Quinten Hermans (Bel, neo-pro), Maurits Lammertink (Hol), Lorenzo Rota (Ita), Kevin Van Melsen (Bel), Loïc Vliegen (Bel).

Israel Start-up Nation (Isr)
Guillaume Boivin (Can), Omer Goldstein (Isr), Reto Hollenstein (Swi), Daryl Impey (SA), Krists Neilands (Lat), Guy Sagiv (Isr), Michael Woods (Can).

Jumbo-Visma (Hol)
Robert Gesink (Hol), Lennard Hofstede (Hol), Paul Martens (Ger), Sam Oomen (Hol), Christoph Pfingsten (Ger), Primoz Roglic (Slo), Jonas Vingegaard (Den).

Lotto-Soudal (Bel)
Philippe Gilbert (Bel), Sébastien Grignard (Bel, neo-pro), Tomasz Marczynski (Pol), Sylvain Moniquet (Bel, neo-pro), Tosh Van der Sande (Bel), Harm Vanhoucke (Bel), Tim Wellens (Bel).

Movistar (Spa)
Jorge Arcas (Spa), Matteo Jorgenson (US, neo-pro), Lluís Mas (Spa), Enric Mas (Spa), Gonzalo Serrano (Spa), Alejandro Valverde (Spa), Carlos Verona (Spa).

Qhubeka-Assos (SA)
Sander Armée (Bel), Fabio Aru (Ita), Sean Bennett (US), Simon Clarke (Aus), Sergio Henao (Col), Robert Power (Aus), Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita).

Trek-Segafredo (US)
Julien Bernard (Fra), Nicola Conci (Ita), Niklas Eg (Den), Alexander Kamp (Den), Bauke Mollema (Hol), Michel Ries (Lux, neo-pro), Toms Skujins (Lat).

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Rui Costa (Por), David de la Cruz (Spa), Davide Formolo (Ita), Marc Hirschi (Swi), Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor), Brandon McNulty (US), Tadej Pogacar (Slo).

Pro-Continental teams

Alpecin-Fenix (Bel)
Jimmy Janssens (Bel), Xandro Meurisse (Bel), Kristian Sbaragli (Ita), Ben Tulett (GB), Otto Vergaerde (Bel), Louis Vervaeke (Bel), Philipp Walsleben (Ger).

Arkéa-Samsic (Fra)
Warren Barguil (Fra), Thibault Guernalec (Fra), Kévin Ledanois (Fra), Lukasz Owsian (Pol), Laurent Pichon (Fra), Alan Riou (Fra), Diego Rosa (Ita).

Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles (Bel)
Laurens Huys (Bel), Rémy Mertz (Bel), Kenny Molly (Bel), Mathijs Paasschens (Hol), Joel Suter (Swi), Jelle Vanendert (Bel), Luc Wirtgen (Lux).

Gazprom-RusVelo (Rus)
Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus), Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Petr Rikunov (Rus), Evgeny Shalunov (Rus), Dmitry Strakhov (Rus), Simone Velasco (Ita), Ilnur Zakarin (Rus).

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
Ruben Apers (Bel), Alex Colman (Bel), Rune Herregodts (Bel), Julian Mertens (Bel), Thomas Sprengers (Bel), Aaron Van Poucke (Bel), Aaron Verwilst (Bel).

Total Direct Énergie (Fra)
Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra), Fabien Doubey (Fra), Valentin Ferron (Fra), Marlon Gaillard (Fra), Fabien Grellier (Fra), Pierre Latour (Fra), Julien Simon (Fra).